NC coast under tropical storm warning; second storm enters Gulf of Mexico

"Anything is possible, but we're not really seeing any kind of significant strengthening for the storm", he said in an interview.

Tropical depressions continue to churn in the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with them fears of hurricanes along the coast.

Tuesday - Wednesday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, highs middle 90's with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Tropical Depression No. 9 would cut across parts of the Southeast Thursday and Friday, Locklear said.

Forecasters have issued a tropical storm warning for a long stretch of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The storm should turn east early Wednesday while it's offshore.

A public advisory from the National Hurricane Center says the warning is in effect for coastal areas along the barrier islands from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.

The second depression was about 305 miles (495 kilometers) west of Key West, Florida, with maximum winds of 35 mph (55 kph).

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter is investigating the depression this morning.

Two tropical cyclones will threaten the United States this week.

As of 4PM, the center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 24.0 North, longitude 84.8 West.

Hurricane Gaston, which is no threat to land, has 100 miles per hour winds and is heading northeast at 6 miles per hour. However, if the turn northeast occurs further north and the center tracks across south Georgia, then we would be in line for heavier rain amounts and stronger winds. However, a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico that will likely move into Florida near the peak of hurricane season demands our attention.

The depression's maximum sustained winds remain near 35 miles per hour (55 kph) Tuesday morning but forecasters say it could become a tropical storm later in the day.

Forecasters expect the tropical depression to strengthen slightly as is approaches the North Carolina coast, though it is not expected to reach hurricane strength before it merges with a coast front and dissipates within three days. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches) based on dropsonde data from the NASA Global Hawk aircraft.

As it emerges off the east coast of Florida Thursday night, it is forecast to continue moving northeastward.

According to AccuWeather, the National Hurricane Center's forecast path finds the system coming ashore anywhere from Panama City in the western Florida panhandle south to Tampa, which is halfway down the state's peninsula.

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